I see that his publisher has posted the table of contents for John Loftus’ magnum opus: Why I Rejected Christianity.
After the ubiquitous autobiographical filler, we get to his “cumulative” case, which consists of the following topics:
The Outsider Test For Faith…
Faith and Reason
The Christian Illusion of Rational and Morality Superiority
Does God Exist?
The Problem of Unanswered Prayer
The Lessons of Galileo, Science and Religion
Science and Creation
Science and Genesis 1-11
The Strange and Superstitious World of the Bible
-Pseudonymity in the Bible
-Archaeology, the Exodus, and the Conquest
Historical Evidence and Christianity
Do Miracles Take Place?
The Self-Authenticating Witness of the Holy Spirit
Was Jesus Born of a Virgin in Bethlehem?
“The Passion of the Christ”: Why Did Jesus Suffer?
Did Jesus Bodily Rise From the Dead?
The Devil Made Me Do It!
Prophecy and Biblical Authority
The Problem of Evil
The Achilles Heel of Christianity
Then, after some more autobiographical padding, we have some appendices, including:
The Pharisees: Were They That Bad?
A few quick observations:
1.What we have are a series of stock objections to the Christian faith, viz. faith & reason, the Euthyphro dilemma, unanswered prayer, science and the Bible, ancient superstition, pseudonymity, the argument from silence, the possibility of miracles, the “myth” of God Incarnate, the Resurrection, hell, prophecy, the problem of evil, the new perspective on Paul, &c.
Clearly he has no original objections to level against the Christian faith. Just a bunch of warmed over, mouse-eaten scraps and leftovers of a bygone era.
2.For those of us who bother to monitor his blog offerings, there is obviously a good deal of duplication between his book and his blog.
And, indeed, what we’ve witnessed at his blog is not a cumulative case for atheism, but the cumulative unraveling of his case as every major argument of the Debunkers is shot down as soon as it pops its head above ground.
3.Also, if you glance at the pagination you’ll see how skimpy the treatment is on many major issues, viz. existence of God, pseudonymity, prophecy, archeology, miracles, &c.
Entire books have been written on each of these subjects. Entire books on just one aspect of each subject.
4.Needless to say, Loftus is hardly an expert on all these issues. He’s not a scientist or archaeologist.
A word of advice: save your money.